Community Buzz: Going green, Clinton Foundation and more
A New Canaan native has been selected for inclusion on St. Lawrence University's dean's list for academic achievement during the spring semester. To be eligible for the dean's list, a student must have completed at least four courses and have an academic average of 3.6 based on a 4.0 scale for the semester. Allison I. Christopher is a member of the Class of 2017 at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., and is majoring in economics and business. She attended St. Luke's School.
On the move
Adriana Calousdian has joined Westport-based Catamount Wealth Management as a senior client adviser. Calousdian began her career at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley and most recently worked for five years on the private banking and investment team at Merrill Lynch in New Canaan. She is a graduate of the Hopkins School and has a bachelor’s degree in international political economics from Fordham University in New York. The Westport native is a member of the Junior League of Greenwich and lives in North Stamford.
The New Canaan Country School’s Middle School reopened after an extensive renovation this summer with an official ribbon-cutting on the first day of school, Sept. 6. New Canaan Country School is an independent day school serving children from Fairfield and Westchester, N.Y., counties.
The renovated middle school features a new commons area, flexible breakout spaces, solar lights, athletic locker rooms and numerous other enhancements throughout the building.
Environmental sustainability was a top consideration in the design and construction of the building — from LED lights and more energy-efficient heating and cooling, to the repurposing of lockers from the main floor to the lower level locker rooms. Surplus middle school furniture weighing 18,234 pounds was shipped directly to Bujumbura, Burundi, for international relief efforts through the Reuse Network, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally friendly construction practices.
The middle school renovation project, spearheaded by trustees Randy Salvatore and Stephanie Bowling Zeigler, 1981 graduates of the school, was the first of many outlined in the school’s long-term campus master plan. The next project will be a new dining hall, which was made possible in part by a $2 million gift from alumna Sue Haigh Carver, a 1951 graduate, and her husband, John Carver.
Medical director attends Clinton Foundation event
Dr. Seddon Savage, medical director of the Chronic Pain and Recovery Center at Silver Hill Hospital, participated on a panel about prescription drug abuse at the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative on Sept. 14 at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark.
The town hall initiative brought together leading individuals and organizations from the health, research and grassroots sectors to share innovative concepts and solutions aimed at empowering communities to address the impact of the prescription drug abuse epidemic.
Founded in 1931, Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan is a nonprofit psychiatric hospital with acute inpatient services and longer-term residential Transitional Living Programs. It admits over 2,000 adolescents and adults annually for psychiatric disorders that include addiction, pain with co-occurring addiction, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.
Registration for fall programs at Lapham Community Center is ongoing and will continue until all classes are filled. The fall newsletter is available for pick-up at the center or at laphamcenter.org. Registration can be accomplished in person, by mail, by phone or online. Classes are free; reservations are requested at 203-594-3620.
Windows 10 seminar: On Tuesday at 2 p.m., Instruction and Reference Librarian Tina Kennedy and Digital Services Librarian Laura Miller will demonstrate Windows 10, the latest operating system from Microsoft. They will attempt to ease anxiety about upgrading to Windows 10 by demonstrating how easy it is to use.
Probate court: Judge William Osterndorf, who presides over the Darien-New Canaan Probate Court in Darien, will explain probate, discuss services available in his office and answer questions on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
CPR training: On Thursday at noon, members of the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps will teach techniques that may allow participants to save a life. Approximately 300,000 people annually suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital. Less than one in four receives CPR. Hands-Only CPR has been shown to double or even triple a victim’s chances of survival. AED training will be included. The class will be limited to 20 people.